Exploring the Mekong Delta
Duration: 7 hours
Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your air-conditioned motorcoach for the approximately 90-minute journey to My Tho Island in the Mekong Delta. You'll travel through the lush tropical countryside, passing small villages and verdant rice paddy fields.
Upon arrival at the Mekong Delta, you'll board a motor launch for a cruise along the winding canals that comprise much of this rich brown waterway system. The canals teem with river traffic, ranging from dugout canoes and barges to houseboats and ferries. Look for the eye symbol painted on the bows of the boats to protect them from evil spirits.
To access the smaller canals of My Tho Island, you'll take a four-person sampan ride. Be sure to try the local fruits as you'll get a chance to sample a tropical assortment during your visit to My Tho, which is famous for its tropical fruit plantation that produce longans, grapefruits, jackfruits, bananas and mangoes.
Once on land at My Tho Island, you'll visit a traditional Delta home and learn Vietnamese traditions and Delta customs. See the family altar, a typical kitchen and the common areas. Often, there are three generations of one family living under one roof.
You'll also take a tour of a coconut-candy factory. Visit the house where the candy is made and learn the process of this sweet sticky candy production. Vietnamese coconut candy is a sweet treat that comes in many flavors, including made with peanuts, durian fruit or sesame seeds. It also makes a great souvenir.
During your walk through the village, enjoy entertainment by children singing traditional Vietnamese folk songs. The musical accompaniment includes a one-string Vietnamese instrument called a "dan bau."
Afterwards, you'll be served traditional Mekong Delta cuisine at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant for lunch before leaving My Tho for the port.